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Live Holiday Shows to Celebrate Christmas 2021

Experience the Sights & Sounds of the Season in NEPA

NEPA’s live music and theater scene is in the holly jolly spirit. Our local venues are bringing holiday magic to life onstage with a festive lineup of Christmas concerts and plays. If you’re not already humming Christmas carols, we guarantee you will be soon.

From local acts to national headliners, we’ve got a little bit of it all. Cozy up for Christmas traditions like symphony orchestras and The Nutcracker Suite, or add a little edge to your holidays with Christmas rock operas and high-energy pop acts. Holiday plays are bound to warm your heart, whether it’s timeless favorites like A Christmas Carol or modern classics like Elf. But no matter what, they all have one thing in common—they’re sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Take a break from the holiday rush, book your tickets and spend a night at the theater. We’ve rounded up a list of live shows happening all across the region.

Holiday Concerts & Shows in NEPA:

  • Elf The Musical

    Every Weekend November 26-December 19

    The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all the hear, and that’s exactly what the Shawnee Playhouse has in store this holiday season. This theater in Shawnee on Delaware presents the musical version of Buddy the Elf’s journey.

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  • Merry Christmas, George Bailey!

    Select Dates November 26-December 27

    The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble captures the spirit of Christmas with this heartwarming story inspired by the Lux Radio Theatre Broadcast. This original adaption will bring a 1940s radio show to life onstage.

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  • Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical

    Every Weekend December 3-19

    The Music Box Dinner Playhouse in Swoyersville presents this hilarious spoof on The Nutcracker. Watch as the nuns try to film a holiday TV special (and even get the audience in on the action).

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  • Twelve Twenty-Four

    December 3 & 4, December 17 & December 23

    Twelve Twenty-Four is a holiday rock orchestra that gives classic Christmas songs a little edge. Catch this high-energy, all-ages show as they make tour stops at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, the Wiltsie Center in Hazleton and The Theater at North in Scranton.

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  • Bach & Handel Chorale Christmas Concert

    December 4

    Experience the joy of Christmas with the Bach & Handel Chorale as they perform at St. Mark’s and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jim Thorpe. Between the awe-inspiring music and grand, historic venue, this show will capture the wonders of the season.

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  • Angels, Shepherds & Animals, Oh My!

    December 4 & 5

    Arcadia Chorale is putting on a family-friendly concert that will take you back to the very first Christmas. You can catch the show on December 4th at St. Nicholas Church in Wilkes-Barre or December 5th at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Scranton.

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  • Pocono Pops: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

    December 5

    The Pocono Pops Orchestra and Chorus are teaming up with Broadway vocalists for this holiday concert extravaganza at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also make a special appearance.

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  • Golden Days of Radio Players Performance

    December 7

    The Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock is hosting a live, holiday-themed performance of radio plays, complete with sound effects and music. Admission is free.

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  • Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular

    December 7

    The world-renowned Cirque Musica is spreading the joy at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre. This show combines classic holiday music with acrobatics, aerial acts, daredevil stunts and other astounding performances.

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  • Christmas Concert at Clarks Summit University

    December 10 & 11

    The Clarks Summit University Department of Music presents a holiday concert showcasing the choir, jazz group and solo projects. Everything from traditional carols to Christmas jazz will fill the air.

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  • Pops Holiday Performance

    December 10 & 11

    The F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre will be filled with the sounds of the season at this family-friendly concert by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. The show also features the Ballet Theatre of Scranton, the Choral Society of Northeastern PA, the Bloomsburg University Concert Choir and an appearance from Santa himself.

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  • The Nutcracker Presented by Scranton Civic Ballet Company

    December 10 & 11

    This year marks the 35th anniversary performance of Helen Gaus’ The Nutcracker. The Scranton Civic Ballet Company will bring this classic Christmas tale to life onstage at The Theater at North.

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  • A Christmas Carol

    December 10-12 & December 17-19

    The Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre is staging a musical version of A Christmas Carol created by NEPA’s own Ted Anderson and Kevin Costley. This heartfelt, family-friendly show will feature local talent and a live orchestra.

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  • Mary Fahl Holiday Show

    December 10

    Mary Fahl, former lead singer of October Project, is coming to the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe. She’ll perform songs from her album Winter Songs and Carols, along with plenty more timeless holiday classics.

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  • Change: The Musical

    December 11-12 & December 18-19

    Discover the true meaning of Christmas at The Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg. This laugh-out-loud musical follows the residents of Stroudsville as they learn what the holidays are all about.

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  • The Ritz Holiday Jazz Concert

    December 11

    The Ritz Company Playhouse in Hawley is swingin’ into the holiday season with a festive jazz concert. Come enjoy a night of music by the Rixner Quartet.

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  • Craig Thatcher and Friends Rockin’ Christmas

    December 11

    Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Craig Thatcher will perform rock ‘n’ roll versions of everyone’s favorite Christmas tunes. Don’t miss this epic holiday show at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

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  • Performance Music: "Empty Stocking Fund Benefit Recital"

    December 12

    Music students from the University of Scranton will perform beloved Christmas songs at the Houlihan-McLean Center. Admission is one new, unwrapped toy; new toiletry items or a monetary donation to help those in need.

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  • There’s Still My Joy with Corinna Sowers Adler

    December 12

    New York City singer and Schuylkill County native Corinna Sowers Adler is coming home for the holidays with a concert at Majestic Theater in Pottsville. Her lineup is filled classic Christmas songs by Billy Joel, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin, just to name a few.

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  • Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular Holiday Show

    December 12

    Pittston native and renowned Elvis tribute artist Shawn Klush is rocking the night away at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre. He’ll sing a mix of holiday favorites and classic hits from the King of Rock and Roll.

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  • A Charlie Brown Christmas

    December 18

    The kids (and the young at heart) will love The Ritz Theater’s take on A Charlie Brown Christmas. The students of CaPAA are taking this beloved story from the screen to the stage with a live adaptation.

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  • A Very Merry Dragmas & Dragmas After Dark

    December 18

    Act Out Theatre Group in Dunmore is hosting two holiday drag shows. The fun begins with an all-ages performance of A Very Merry Dragmas, followed by Dragmas After Dark, an adults-only, BYOB show.

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  • The Italian Broadway Christmas Show

    December 18

    The breathtaking tenor of Carnegie Hall headliner Anthony Nunziata will leave you speechless. Enjoy a night of Broadway tunes, Italian music and holiday hits at The Theater at North in Scranton.

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  • Artists in Motion Present The Nutcracker

    December 18 & 19

    Experience a timeless holiday tradition at Artists in Motion’s rendition of The Nutcracker. Watch as local dancers take the stage at Schuylkill Haven Area High School.

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  • The Wizards of Winter

    December 18

    The Wizards of Winter is bringing a magical Christmas rock opera to Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe. This band features former members of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Def Leppard, Blue Oyster Cult and other rock legends.

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  • 37th Annual Messiah Sing-Along

    December 19

    Arcadia Chorale will perform Handel’s Messiah (with chances for the audience to join in too). Come to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre to enjoy this NEPA holiday tradition, complete with a live orchestra and solo works.

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  • Holiday Evening with The Stars – Edwards Twins

    December 19

    Where can you see Sonny and Cher, Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand all in one show? At The Ritz Theater in Scranton! Master vocal and make-up illusionists the Edwards Twins will perform a mix of chart-topping hits and holiday songs from music’s biggest names.

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  • Ballet Theatre of Scranton Presents The Nutcracker

    December 26-28

    Ballet Theatre of Scranton is putting on their 46th annual performance of The Nutcracker at The Theater at North. As always, the show is free, but you’ll need to book advance tickets to save your spot.

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